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Cruiser restoration and wheelchair adaption

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  • I also found the faint number F28 and that turns out to be one of the Beaver Fleet Boats http://www.broads.org.uk/wiki/index.php5?title=Boat_Details&BoatId=3501&BoatHistory=5259

    It was a good thing I did this bit of sanding if I had of told Simey to do it could easily have been lost for ever :D just goes to show next time your sanding an old boat keep an eye out for any letters or markings they could all tell a bit of a story about her.




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  • Evening, I had planded on using window latches to lock in the back door but I noticed that some of the old window frame had a channel that was just the right size for the door to fit in so I cut off the channel I didn't need and fix it to the transom.


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    Seems to be a good fit and should keep out any unwanted water I will also put a seal along the bottom, I'm not sure what to do about the top bit I might just put it on a hinge or leave it off altogether.

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    Top and walkway sanded down and washed.

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    After two coats of primer.

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    After that my knees were killing me :) so I had to find a little job I could standing up so I decided to see if the cleats could be straightened out and cleaned up as the chrome was in a bad way.


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    This is what I like to see none of that monkey metal. :)


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    Played around with the bit of black perspex it looks ok but I might round of the top corner also.

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    And last of all today I gave the whole of the boat it's first top coat just got finnished as the sun was setting.

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  • She's looking seriously good fergal. It's always nice when you put your hand on something that will fit the bill perfectly on one of those "now how will I sort this" jobs.

    Well done so far and I'm sure the finished product will do you proud, as usual.




  • Not alot to show this week been doing lots of little jobs that seem to take up a lot of time but not very intresting to post about :) I put the rub rails on and finished the windows.

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    Still not sure if I will carry on with timber around the bow or put the black D moulding back on or maybe some fender rope, it looks like a small run around the bow but infact it's 20 foot from timber to timber.

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  • She's really looking sweet fergal. I like the rounded corners on the windows, nice soft lines. Do you have a date in mind for getting her wet?


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  • sogood wrote: »
    She's really looking sweet fergal. I like the rounded corners on the windows, nice soft lines. Do you have a date in mind for getting her wet?

    Aiming for April, May but you never know with me if I'm landlocked for too long it might be sooner :D




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  • WOW SHE IS LOOKING GREAT FERGAL FAIR PLAY TO YOU . NO PAIN NO GAIN . YOU HAVE SOME PAIR OF HANDS .




  • A few more odd jobs this week, I made up a basic locking system to hold the bottom of the weed hatch in place, I epoxied a nut into the under side of the timber and then have another one on top to lock it. The corner is cut off so I can turn the timber and remove it. I think I will also sikaflex the bottom of the hatch in place just to be on the safe side it should be easy enough to brake the seal if ever needed.

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    Started putting 3mm flooring foam on the ceiling to add a bit of insulation .

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    I'm fitting a sterling quasi sine wave 1800w inverter http://marineparts.ie/electrical/inverters-chargers-and-shorepower/inverters/sterling-quasi-inverter-12v-1800w / just have to get a switch to swap over from mains to battery.

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    Not a bad price and it also comes with a remote. I have been moving the fridge about the boat trying to find the best place to put it :) still not sure yet.

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    Put the black D moulding back on and filled the gap to the timber with a bit of the old rub rail it's not in the best of shape but will do the job :) Although I cant afford a bow thruster at the moment I'm thinking I might fit the tube for one and leave an access hatch to it before I fit out the bedroom, are there any reasons to not doing this besides the drilling two large holes in the hull :)

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  • That is so impressive great job fergal . i hope you & your,s have many a good day on her she really looks great .




  • Thank you very much I'm sure we will :)

    That is so impressive great job fergal . i hope you & your,s have many a good day on her she really looks great .




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  • I personally would be inclined to do any prep work for the possible future addition of bow thrusters. Even if you never fit them, no harm, but if you do, it will surely make the job a lot easier in the long run. Nothing worse than tearing your hard work apart, to do something that would have been so easy at the time.

    Liking the rub rail on the bow also.




  • Christmas trees flying out the yard here and leaving behind some nice timber pallets for me to use :)

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    So I started framing up the inside, this will all be storage space.


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    Found a spot for the fridge :) and also messed around with the sink it's just a stainless steal mixing bowl so I have to cut out a hole for the drain, it's also on rails like a computer table so it can slide in and out.

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    Not sure what to do about the seating one idea was something like this with the last bit hinged so it can be used as a lounger or dropped down so the door can be open fully.

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    I could also do the same on the other side but the gap between them is only a foot wide so might be a bit tight for a table.

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    It's all a bit box like at the moment so I might round the corners or something to stop it looking like a doctors bench :) If there are any interior designers out there I'm open to suggestions.

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  • I decided not to do the lift in the floor for the moment but it will still be there if needed down the line instead I have opened up the doorway so that now I can pick up the young lad and swing him around into the bed or put him down on the couch.

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    Yes the seating has all changed thanks to the donation of this bed settee :) now I'm just going to cover the engine box and make the couch L shaped leaving a space for Kyle.

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    It's a bit tight but will do the job.

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    Kitchen sorted thanks to my father in law :D


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    Thats it no more work done here.

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    Wishing you all a merry Xmas see you in the new year.


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  • As always great job Fergal. I do so enjoy the distraction of seeing what you've achieved.

    Happy Christmas to you and yours.




  • great job fergal . where will you be keeping her i would love to have a look around her sometime if that,s possible . may you and your enjoy ever moment on her she really looks great . & merry christmas and all the best for 2017 .




  • Im planning on keeping her in Lakeside marina in Athlone more than welcome to come and have a look.

    great job fergal . where will you be keeping her i would love to have a look around her sometime if that,s possible . may you and your enjoy ever moment on her she really looks great . & merry christmas and all the best for 2017 .




  • Looking good Fergal best wishes to you and the family for a lovely Christmas




  • Slowly getting back into it :)
    I covered the engine box in cream leatherette

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    And then cut some foam to extend the seat and give somewhere for the young lad to lay out.

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    Also got the new bow rail thanks to http://www.eweengineering.com/

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    Playing around with a few bits of mahogany, I'm sure some of you can guess what it will be :) for those that can't tune in next week :D I picked up this jump starter in Lidl http://www.lidl.ie/en/Offers.htm?action=showDetail&id=50229 it's very small but says it can start up to a 2 Lt petrol or 1600 diesel will also be handy for charging the ipad and phones.

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  • Not much to show this week, wired in the nav lights, fitted the VHF antenna and installed a Blue sea power source selector this makes sure you don't have shore power and the inverter on at the same time.

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    A bit of painting of the woodwork.

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    and making the presses under the sink.

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    As for the scraps I was messing with over the xmas :) I'm not sure if I will keep it on the boat but it's my mascot for now.

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  • Why am I always tuning into Fergals restoration stories way too late? Just spent a very nice hour reading through all the posts. She is a beautiful boat with lots of hard work and skill used. Best of luck with her Fergal :)




    PS - think you should keep the mascot......really cool!


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  • Just been doing wiring and plumbing this week so not much to show especially after testing out the wine rack :D

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  • A bit boring this week I'm not a big fan of cabinet making so it's all just rough and ready :)

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    Also put down the carpet tiles and added colour changing LED's. :D

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  • I'm not a big fan of cabinet making so it's all just rough and ready smile.png
    A fair bit neater than rough and ready Fergal ;)




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    That would make a fantastic logo or design for awards.




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  • One word.........WOW!!!




  • When are you getting her wet?

    Awesome job!




  • Steve wrote: »
    When are you getting her wet?

    Awesome job!

    Cheers:) I'm hoping for April or May she is just getting slapped together for now and I will do the finishing work over the years as I get a better feel of her.




  • fergal.b wrote: »
    Just been doing wiring and plumbing this week so not much to show especially after testing out the wine rack :D

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    If it lasts for any length Fergal, your wine will cook in there. Question is, do you drink it quickly or find another use for that slot?


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  • If it lasts for any length Fergal, your wine will cook in there. Question is, do you drink it quickly or find another use for that slot?

    I drink red and port and like it nice and warm :D there is also an air vent behind the fridge so it shouldn't be too bad.




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